Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1The Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, King of Israel.
2To know wisdom and instruction and to notice the words of intelligence;
3To receive instruction and awe and righteousness and judgment and uprightness;
4To give children cunning and to boys knowledge and intelligence.
5A wise man will listen and will add to his wisdom and the intelligent will gain leadership
6To perceive proverbs and parables and the words of the wise and their riddles.
7The chief wisdom is the awe of Lord Jehovah, but the evil despise knowledge and instruction.
8Hear, my son, the law of your father and do not forget the law of your mother.
9For they are beauty to your head and a necklace for your neck.
10My son if sinners entice you, do not consent,
11And if they say to you "Come with us, let us lay wait for blood and hide for the innocent in depravity
12And we will swallow him alive like Sheol*, and one without blemish like those descending into the pit;
13We will find all his wealth and his stuff and fill our houses with loot;
14Cast your lot with us and each of us will have a money bag."
15My son, do not go in the way with them, but withhold your foot from their paths,
16Because their feet run to evil and hasten to shed innocent blood.
17It is by deceit that nets are spread for a bird.
18And they lay wait for blood and hide themselves.
19So are the ways of all who do evil and take the lives of their Masters.
20Wisdom is praised in the market and raises her voice in the street.
21She preaches in the chief streets and she speaks her words in the entrances of the city gates.
22How long, children, will you love childishness, and you mockers desire mockery, and you fools hate knowledge?
23If you turn to my reproof, I shall bring forth my Spirit to you, and I shall show you my word.
24For I have cried, and you have not believed, and I have lifted my voice and you have not listened.
25And you despise all my counsels and you were not pleased with my reproof.
26I also shall laugh over your destruction and I shall rejoice when tumult and destruction suddenly comes upon you.
27And your destruction will come like a hurricane, and when trouble and adversity comes against them,
28Then they will call on me and I shall not answer them, and they will come early to my presence and they will not find me
29Because they hated knowledge and they did not choose the worship* of Lord Jehovah.
30And they did not choose my counsel and they have rejected all my reproof.
31And they will eat of the fruit of their ways and they will be filled with their counsels.
32Because of this, the turning away of the children will kill them, and the error of feeble minds will destroy them.
33And he who hears me will dwell in hope and will be quiet from the multitude of evils.